The Marussia F1 team received plenty of home comfort on the first day of running at Silverstone, where the team dug deep to deliver a promising start to its British Grand Prix weekend.
The team were touched by the camaraderie in the Paddock as free practice 1 got underway, with drivers up and down the pitlane demonstrating support for Maria De Villota by including a specially-produced ‘Orange Star’ - Maria’s emblem - within their helmet liveries.
On track, the team debuted a substantial new upgrade package, comprising new exhausts, floor, front wing and side pods, and the early signs - albeit running was compromised by the wet weather - are positive. Timo Glock ended the day P16 and Charles Pic P19.
“It has been a bit of an unusual Friday for everyone today due to the weather conditions. The day started very wet, so we didn’t get much running in FP1. It rained again during FP2 but we squeezed a longer run in towards the end when it stopped. However, it was very difficult to drive with the track condition and there was a lot of aquaplaning. I think we still have a bit of pace to find in the wet and tomorrow is likely to be quite unpredictable, so it will be difficult to find the right set-up choice.”
“It was a slightly frustrating day in respect of the fact that it was very important to get some engine calibration runs with the new exhaust system. These are normally things we can work through quite quickly but in today’s conditions it was much harder to do all the required runs. This information is crucial for the rest of the weekend though. It was good at the end of FP2 to get a run on the extreme wet tyre, which I haven’t had much experience of all year, so this will help us prepare for the rest of the weekend with the weather we are likely to get.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“Coming into the weekend with both cars carrying the full upgrade package, we were obviously looking for dry weather to allow us to optimise the set-up to the new aero developments. The weather has made it difficult to get any meaningful comparison data and because of the wet weather we have also had to be quite prudent with the number of laps we attempted. Both drivers have done an excellent job in difficult circumstances, as have the team, and the day was approached with their usual display of calm professionalism. It is obviously very difficult to judge the full potential of the upgrade, however the early signs are that we do not appear to have any reliability or performance issues.”